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Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler
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Jan 04, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: dystopian, reread, short-stories, science-fiction, urban-fantasy, best-book-i-read-in-2012
Read in March, 2012

I reread “Speech Sounds” for our real life book club discussion of Butler’s Wild Seed. It was for the short story “Speech Sounds” that Butler got her only Hugo and Nebula awards. In that story nearly all people have lost language, speech, and reason due to a world- wide disease.

“The illness, if it was an illness, had cut even the living off from one another. As it swept over the country, people hardly had time to lay blame on the Soviets (though they were falling silent along with the rest of the world), on a new virus, a new pollutant, radiation, divine retribution…. The illness was stroke- swift in the way it cut people down and strokelike in some of its effects. But it was highly specific. Language was always lost or severely impaired. It was never regained. Often, there was also paralysis, intellectual impairment, death.” (95- 96)

Then after rereading “Speech Sounds,” I also had to reread the rest of the stories and essays in this collection.

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Octavia E. Butler
“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won't. Habit is persistence in practice.”
Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories

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